Spiritual redemption is based on the concept of slavery in the ancient world.

The natural meaning of redemption was the purchase of freedom or property which had been forfeited due to debt. A third party redeemer could graciously pay off the debt on behalf of the slave. Leviticus 25:23-34, 47-55

Redemption figuratively described deliverance. God was frequently called Israel’s Redeemer, because he had freed them from slavery in Egypt. God also redeemed people from oppression and from their own sins. 2 Samuel 7:23; Isaiah 44:6; Psalm 119:134; Psalm 130

Sin creates a spiritual debt we could never pay or work off. God is the gracious redeemer who paid the debt for us by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. The payment is sometimes called the ransom. Mark 10:45; Titus 2:11-14

Without our Redeemer, we would all remain enslaved to sin, resulting in permanent separation from God. Romans 6:16-23

He sent redemption to his people. He has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! Psalm 111:9

~ SR

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Redemption.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: .